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Staunton Spectator: June 5, 1860

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Description of Page: Excerpt from "The Life and Times of Gen. Sam Dale" -- reminiscences of Jackson, Calhoun, Benton, Clay and Webster, column 4. "Life on the Moon" outlines new astronomical theories about the moon's impact on the earth's weather and about the moon's "atmosphere" and the presence of water, column 5. Bottom right of page is illegible.

Census from the 1st day of June, 1850, to the 1st day of June, 1860
(Column 7)
Summary: List of information that people are required to present to the census marshall of the county.

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Description of Page: Short clips of political news and rumors and favorable reports of the Constitutional Union party activities (many taken from other newspapers) interspersed throughout the page. Weekly proceedings of Congress, column 5. Article about the rise of celibacy among young men, column 6.

The Cry of "No Chance"
(Column 1)
Summary: Spectator believes that the Constitutional Union party does have a chance at success, despite the claims of some critics, by combining the votes of conservative men of both North and South who are disillusioned with the two sectional political parties.
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: List of the new Circuit Court Judges of Virginia, including Judge Thompson of Staunton.
(Names in announcement: Judge Thompson)
Railroad Depot
(Column 1)
Summary: The Central Railroad will be moving its passenger depot in Staunton to a new location across from the American Hotel, while the freight depot will be moved to the current location of the passenger depot.
The Vote for Judge
(Column 1)
Summary: Vote totals for the election of Circuit Court Judge: Judge Thompson defeats David Fultz, 5173 to 2050.
(Names in announcement: Judge Thompson, David Fultz)
[No Title]
(Column 1)
Summary: Notice of the death of abolitionist Theodore Parker, in Florence, Italy.
The Baptist Association
(Column 2)
Summary: The General Association of the Baptist Church of Virginia met in Staunton. The 375 delegates debated issues dealing with education and missions.
The Census
(Column 2)
Summary: Spectator urges citizens to cooperate with Major Watts, the local census marshall, in providing the information necessary, and assures readers that the information required does not necessitate revealing personal details.
(Names in announcement: Major Watts)
For the Spectator
(Column 3)
Summary: J.B. Watts writes to say that he is not surprised at the outcome of the election for County Clerk. He asserts that James Cochran, one of the candidates, raised issues that had been important in the election of 1858, but that he himself was happy that nothing was said during the campaign to impugn his character.
(Names in announcement: J.B. Watts, Esq. James Cochran)
Trailer: J.B. Watts
Presiding Judge
(Column 3)
Summary: Author writes to suggest that Robert Guy, recently elected magistrate of Augusta County, would make a good Presiding Justice.
(Names in announcement: Captain Robert Guy)
Trailer: "Justice"
[No Title]
(Column 4)
Summary: Report that Col. Forbes, who worked to train John Brown's men, refuses to come to the United States from London to testify before the Senate Committee investigating John Brown's raid.

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Description of Page: Mostly advertisements; bottom right illegible.

(Column 2)
Summary: Elizabeth M'Guffin, wife of James M'Guffin, died near Warm Springs at age 81.
(Names in announcement: Elizabeth M'Guffin, James M'Guffin)
Trailer: "W.T.P."
(Column 2)
Summary: Dr. Benjamin H. Kibler, formerly of Spring Hill, died at his mother's home near Luray in Page County. He was 32.
(Names in announcement: Dr. Benjamin Kibler)
Trailer: "B."

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Description of Page: Advertisements; bottom left is illegible.